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Nov 17, 2012 6:00pm PST
is a critical time period. >> reporter: the rig's owner, houston-based black elk energy said yesterday a worker cutting a pipe ignited vapors from oil still in the system setting off the explosion. the couple said the worker used a cutting torch. today the contractor doing the maintenance work, grand isle shipyard said there is no torch and called that account completely inaccurate. one of the things federal strangers will be looking into is why there was still oil in the pipe that was being cut. oil should have been purged from the system when it was first shut down. this platform is 80 miles away from b.p.'s deepwater horizon, which exploded in 2010, leaking five million barrels of oil into the gulf. unlike deepwater horizon, which was a mile deep, this rig was in shallow water, just 56 feet, and since it was not producing oil, there was only a small leak of about 28 gallons. the c.e.o. of the company which owns the platform toured the site with investigators. he says while his main concern remains the victims, the company still plans to eventually bring that platform back online. margaret. >
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